Lendl's 3 Titles In 3 Weeks On 3 Different Surfaces

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  1. James_M

    James_M New User

    Aug 29, 2009
    Apparently this happened in 1980. However, looking at the records, I can't seem to find it.

    This is the closest I got:

    Barcelona 6-12 Oct on Clay
    Basel 13-19 Oct on Indoor Carpet (Hard?)
    Tokyo Outdoor 20-26 Oct on Clay

    Could someone confirm whether Lendl really did win 3 titles in 3 weeks on 3 different surfaces? Have I got the surfaces wrong?

    If it didn't happen then it has become a popular myth.
  2. jrepac

    jrepac Hall of Fame

    Sep 8, 2009
    Lendl on 3 surfaces

    This is posted in Wiki on Ivan:

    "Only player to have won three tournaments in three consecutive weeks on three different surfaces (1985 Fort Myers-Hardcourt, Monte Carlo-Clay Court, Dallas, WCT Finals-Indoor Carpet)."

    here are his 1980 wins:
    1980 Houston, U.S. (1) Clay
    1980 Toronto, Canada(1) Hard
    1980 Barcelona, Spain (1) Clay
    1980 Basel, Switzerland (1) Hard (I)
    1980 Tokyo Outdoor, Japan Clay
    1980 Hong Kong Hard
    1980 Taipei, Taiwan Carpet

    The last 3 are clay/hard/carpet, but not sure if they came in consecutive weeks. Ivan was a multi-surface guy, grass being his biggest hindrance, for sure.
  3. timnz

    timnz Legend

    Oct 17, 2008

    Yes those 3 Hard, Clay, Indoor weeks consecutively in 1985 were amazing. This was Ivan's warm up to the US Open that year (which he won).

    Boy compare that to now when tournaments are strictly on the surface of the next Grand Slam to follow. eg Late April/May/Early June - Strictly Clay, June/Early July - Grass, Late July/Early September - Outdoor Hard.
  4. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

    Aug 12, 2007
    Lendl, like Rosewall, was a great player. The only one they couldn't win was Wimbledon. Both are Goat candidates in spite of this--very versatile players both.

    Lendl ranks no. 9 on my personal list.
  5. urban

    urban Hall of Fame

    Apr 22, 2005
    To win 3 tournaments within 3 weeks (no interruption by rest) is extremely difficult and asks for a lot of energy. Ask Nadal this year. I think, Becker did it late in 1986. The surface change is also difficult. I always thought, that one of Federer's best records was winning Wim and Gstaad on (fast) clay back to back. Laver in 1968 won Wim and French pro at RG back to back. In 1969, he won Wim and US pro on hard court, plus a few others back to back.
  6. big bang

    big bang Hall of Fame

    Jul 22, 2009
    behind your curtain
    Lendl would have won all 4 slams if wimbledon was played on the slow grass of today..
  7. Q&M son

    Q&M son Professional

    Apr 12, 2008
    Trenque Lauquen, BA, Argentina.
    Really amazing.

    Specially in consecutive weeks.
  8. krosero

    krosero Legend

    Dec 3, 2006
    A similar record

    This is from Sports Illustrated, Nov. 21, 1981:

  9. hoodjem

    hoodjem G.O.A.T.

    Aug 12, 2007
    I am inclined to believe this is true. Lendl started out as a clay-courter. he then, by working extremely hard, tuned his game toward faster surfaces, succeeding at winning may times on hard court. He never, in spite of great talent, perseverance and desire, won at Wimbledon. He was either unlucky or not quite adapted to the fast-grass, or he simply eventually came up against to better grass-court players than himself.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  10. petercoffey

    petercoffey Rookie

    Nov 1, 2009
    Vince Van Patten actually won a tournament? wow! I did not know that
  11. Smartbucks

    Smartbucks Banned

    Nov 7, 2009
    Did he have sponsors in Japan?
  12. borg number one

    borg number one Legend

    Oct 30, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Van Patten was pretty good for a while. I remember that he had some decent groundstrokes in the late 1970's-early 1980's, using a Prince Graphite Oversize frame, and wearing Fila clothes. He was "rookie of the year", and was covered by the press quite a bit for a while. Of course, he was a child actor and son of actor Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough). It looks like the 1981 tournament in Japan was his very best result during a pretty short career. I saw him play live at a WCT-Birmingham event in Alabama around 1979. I was a ballboy for a match of his. He hit some good topspin and had a decent two hander, along with quickness. I sensed that the frame he was using before almost anyone else (he and Gene Mayer used a Prince), gave him somewhat of an edge against the players still using wood racquets. His pro tennis career was pretty short.

    From Wikipedia:

    Van Patten was also a professional tennis player who in 1979 was awarded the ATP Rookie of the Year award. The highlight of his career came in 1981 when he defeated John McEnroe and two other top seeded pros to win the Seiko World Super Tennis tournament in Tokyo, Japan.

    See excerpt from: http://www.hollywoodpoker.com/green-room/celebrity-poker/biographies/vince-van-patten.html

    ..But Vince's other passion was tennis: he was a natural competitor who was self-taught and quickly progressed through the junior tournament ranks in Los Angeles. He went on to become pro and was ranked among the top 30 professional players in the world.

    In 1979 he was awarded the Association of Tennis Professionals' Rookie of the Year award, beating out Ivan Lendl for the honor. The pinnacle of his career came in 1981 when he beat the first-, fourth- and fifth-seeded players in the world - Vitas Gerulaitis, Jose Louis Clerk and John McEnroe, respectively - to win the $300,000 Seiko World Super Tennis tournament in Tokyo. In fact, in eight years of professional play, Van Patten bested every major player in the game - including I. Nastase, Roscoe Tanner, Stan Smith, Bob Lutz, Tom Okker and John McEnroe. At his peak he was ranked 25th in the world.

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